Sustain the weary with a word: Isaiah 50.4 VOTD

“The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens— wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught.”

Isaiah 50.4 NRSV

God chose the prophet Isaiah and gave him inspired words that not only judged Israel but gave hope and comfort to those seeking relief from suffering and sin.

How can we permit God to waken us today in order that we might listen to his words as Christ’s disciples?

#Bible #word-of-God #VOTD #Isaiah

What do you read there? Luke 10.26 VOTD

“He said to him, ‘What is written in the law? What do you read there?'”

Luke 10.26 NRSV

When a scribe came to Jesus with a question, the Lord sent him to Scripture.

How does Jesus’ answer (given in the form of a question) apply to our own questions today?

#Scripture #Bible #VOTD

Open my eyes: Psalm 119.18 VOTD

“Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in your instructions.”

Psalm 119.18 NLT

The psalm praises God’s word, which often causes opposition.

God causes wonderful things to happen rising from his law, since his word it is living and active.

The choice of today’s verse was inspired by Don Ruhl’s Email Devotionals.

#Bible #spiritual-insight #VOTD

Corban: Mark 7.10-13 VOTD

“For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘Whoever insults his father or mother must be put to death.’ But you say that if anyone tells his father or mother, ‘Whatever help you would have received from me is corban’ (that is, a gift for God), then you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or mother. Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like this.”

Mark 7.10-13

Some Jewish traditions didn’t circle the law to protect it, but worked to sidestep it.

What do people say today that cancels out the word of God?

#tradition #Bible #VOTD

Good overview of Bible translation

Kevin Pendergrass has a good article, posted yesterday, on his blog. He provides some background history and a bit of information about how Bible translation is done.

And any and every English translation of the Scriptures is a translation and cannot, by the very nature of the translation process … communicate word-for-word every time what the original source text says. A strict word-for-word translation is a unicorn. It does not and cannot exist. Every translation by its very nature contains an “interpretation of meaning.” Meaning must absolutely be interpreted—and mediated to the reader—at every turn.

In an appendix he evaluates some Bible versions, most of them older English versions.

The article is well worth your time.

Continue reading

#bible, #bible-translation, #bible-versions

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5-1-2017 The Bible Is The Voice Of God

The Bible is the Voice of God to His World. God “has in these last days spoken to us by His Son” (Hebrews 1:2). The Apostles spoke, “not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual words” (1 Corinthians 2:13). Jesus taught “But concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living” (Matthew 22:31-32 NKJV). The message of God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit to anyone today has been written. One who fails or refuses to study the Word of God, fails or refuses to hear the Voice of God!   

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#bible, #voice-of-god

Renowned for wisdom

In his online devotional today David Deffenbaugh wrote:

People were drawn to, desired, and appreciated wisdom.  Who today is renown for their wisdom?  The fact is, we’re just not that interested in it.

There’s no way to research if the percentage of fools today is greater than in the days of Solomon. But mankind today is drawn to entertainment, desires thrills for the moment, and appreciates a cheap laugh more than deep truth. People today are renowned for their studies in science, their attempts to break silly world records, or the lack of self-control of the rich and famous. We’re interested in comfort and gadgets and virtual gossip.

Let the family of God desire his wisdom and live in the discernment of his will, as did the eternal Son. Let their televisions be conspicuously silent, and their screens frequently dark. Let their hands be busy in the service of Christ and their resources given to the gospel. Let their thoughts turn often to heaven, and their words to the inspired Scriptures. Let their lives be undiluted beacons of light in a world drowning in the darkness of trivial pursuits.

Let Jesus Christ truly become for them the wisdom of God, 1 Cor 1.30.

#wisdom #Christ #Bible

Hugh’s News & Views (. . . Christianity)

QUESTIONS CONCERNING NEW TESTAMENT CHRISTIANITY

Last week we wrote under the caption “Questions For Christians About The Church.” This week, as a sequel, we write of “Questions Concerning New Testament Christianity.” Continue reading

#bible, #christianity, #hughfulford, #questions

Doctor dragged from United Airlines plane

 

The video of a doctor dragged bloodily from a United Airlines flight last Sunday by airport security personnel will long provoke anger, long after the episode is investigated and resolved. The video went viral, and United’s stock has taken a multi-million dollar drop in value.

One writer noted that it wasn’t United personnel responsible for the scene, but an airport security person. Regardless, it happened on a United flight and the company will bear the brunt of the criticism. Continue reading

#bible, #corollaries, #evangelism, #mission

VOTD: 2 Kings 23.25

“No king before or after repented before the Lord as he did, with his whole heart, soul, and being in accordance with the whole law of Moses.”

2 Kings 23.25

King Josiah totally destroyed all the altars and places of idolatry in his kingdom, after reading the rediscovered law, chap. 22.

Have we removed all idols in our lives, with our whole heart, soul, and being? If not, what remains?

#bible, #idolatry, #repentance, #votd, #wholeheartedness

My favorite Bible sites: No content but Bible

To get a devotional by email on the NLT.to site, you have to give them lots of personal information. No thanks! About the only thing they don’t ask for is your shoe size. That’s not a service, it’s a data-collection effort by the company.

Even if the version wasn’t my favorite, the site was once the best I’d ever seen, since it offered the Bible text only. (That’s my number one criterion.) Later, they offered the devotional material by email. It’s still one of the better ones. Continue reading

#bible, #bible-versions

Compact NET Bible at special price

If you’ve been thinking about buying a print Bible in the NET version, this might be the time to do it. The compact Bible in brown cover with Smyth-sewn binding is now just $6.50. A box of 32 goes for $100.00. They make great gifts.

You can order at this link. This is not an affiliate link. TFR receives nothing for this recommendation.

NET is a solid translation, available free online, with more than 60,000 notes, mostly related to the process of translation.

#bible, #bible-versions

Threats to The Great Commission

As time and technology progress, we need to abandon our naivete and realize the threats before us. Complaining about the rise of persecutions is normal, but not very productive.

In these times, courage is required to confront Satan and his forces. Yet, it’s worthless unless it’s combined with faith (Hebrews 11:6), perseverance (Romans 5:3) and the spiritual armament constructed by God (Ephesians 6:10-17). In addition, we must be wise, cautious and perceptive. Continue reading

#bible, #censorship, #evangelism, #great-commission, #preaching, #teaching

No fake news here

The internet is awash with talk of fake news. It almost seems like those who talk most about it are most guilty of it. It wouldn’t be the first time for something like that to happen.

The whole fake-news brouhaha appears to be politically motivated. Media groups pledge to root it out. They’re the same ones who were in the bag for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Something’s rotten in Denmark.

But we can expect such things from the world. Corruption and dishonesty are to be found at every turn.

In matters of the Spirit, however, we look for truth. We spurn human theologies and traditions in order to discover the right path of God. That search must turn to the Bible, where it will find its goal. Continue reading

#bible, #corollaries, #fake-news, #gospel-truth

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12-14-2016 Getting Jesus Right-Bible Order

The New Testament writers, “did not follow cunningly devised fables” (2 Peter 1:16 NKJV) when they wrote about Jesus Christ.  A “fable” is a “myth, fairy tale, or falsehood.” David said, “Many, O LORD my God, are Your wonderful works Which You have done; And Your thoughts toward us Cannot be recounted to You in order; If I would declare and speak of them, They are more than can be numbered” (Psalm 40:5 NKJV). Just reading the Bible “in order,” and without myths, builds a powerful, attractive case for us to love and serve Him.  He created our world and us from nothing, led the history of mankind to Jesus Christ, and showed us His love through the cross.  “In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him” (1 John 4:9 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#bible, #without-myths